Planning A Trip to Goa? Here’s Your Checklist

Planning a trip to Goa? Goa is a popular name that pops up whenever we are planning a holiday or staycation in India. It is a dreamy destination for every young travel enthusiast. And why not? Goa is famous for a lot of things. It has beautiful beaches, churches, historical monuments, and much more. Goa has around 25 beaches to attract global tourists.

While visiting Goa, one can go to either go to North Goa or South Goa. Both these areas have their own specialties. North or South, Goa is full of excitement and surprises! If you are visiting Goa, you should be fully prepared. Here is the quintessential checklist for having a great time in Goa: 

What to pack for a trip to Goa?

Packing for a trip to Goa can be quite confusing when you go out for a holiday trip or vacation. We often pack stuff that we don’t end up using. And miss out on things that you need for the stay. The thumb rule we use is that one should pack things according to the place they are visiting.

One should consider aspects like climate conditions. You can also pack depending on the activities you would indulge in. And most importantly, the number of days you are going to spend in Goa. So, here are a few things that you would need when you visit Goa for a holiday trip:

  • Mirrored Sunglasses
  • Rubber Footwear
  • Footwear for Photoshoots
  • Sunscreen and Conditioners
  • Swimsuits and swimming goggles
  • Sarong / Multi-drape coverups
  • Shorts and cotton trousers
  • Dresses for some special events
  • Hat & Caps
  • Umbrellas (depending on the weather conditions)
  • Scarfs
  • Cosmetics like Lip balm
  • Body butter
  • Hairbrush
  • Large tote bag
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cameras with extra Battery 


But packing up essentials for a trip is still the second step. The main step is to choose a location to stay at. Booking a place to stay comes first. And this can be a hassle too. But why worry when we are here? Call us to get a great booking experience. We can offer you the best villas to stay in.

But to book a villa, you first need to know where you are going to make your camp. And it is a human tendency to get confused when one is presented with multiple options. But fret not. We help with that too!

Read on to know about the best tourist places in Goa here:

Places to visit while on a trip to Goa:

Chapora beach

Chapora Beach is a famous tourist destination in Goa. It is close to the Chapora Fort. This beach has white sand, black lava rocks, and groovy coconut trees. Isn’t it picture-perfect? And it is also famous for adventure sports. Chapora is just a few minutes away from the fishing jetty.

Palolem beach

Palolem beach is an uncrowded beach with white sand facing a blue bay. Canacona Island and Galgibaga Beach are just around the corner from here. It is famous for its silent disco parties, restaurants, and water sports. This is one of the most breathtaking and gorgeous beaches in South Goa.

Grande Island

Grande Island or Bat Island is another famous spot in Goa that you must visit. It has a tranquil environment that will provide you with a breathtaking experience. Grande Island is the best hub for scuba diving and snorkeling in Goa.


The largest and main city of Goa is Panaji. It is famous for its churches, historical buildings, monumental structures, and pristine beaches. Panaji is the most famous destination in Goa. It has been also featured in several Bollywood movies. Church Square is a popular spot to visit while in this city. This city has some Portuguese Baroque-styled, beautiful red-blue-green-yellow roofed buildings.

Old Goa

Old Goa is a stunning canvas. It features amazing architecture, colonial monuments, cobbled pathways, and impressive coastal scenery. Old Goa will definitely fascinate history buffs. It provides you with a glimpse of old Portugual culture and architecture. Old Goa is also a hub for many monuments and tourist spots.

Basilica of Bomb Jesus

This Jesuit church is India’s first Basilica. It is the finest example of the Baroque Style and Portuguese architecture. It is one of the most iconic monuments in Goa. UNESCO has termed it a World Heritage Site.

Things to do While on a Trip to Goa:


Goa is famous for its exotic and spectacular beaches. One must never miss beaches here. And most of the people who visit Goa, go there for the beaches and beach parties. Here are some famous beaches you can visit:-

  • Baga Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Arambol Beach
  • Vagator Beach


Alluring nightlife is the highlight of Goa. You can ahead for night parties near the beachside or pubs or night clubs or silent noise parties. At night, Goa truly has something for everyone, as it is a perfect infusion of variety. Whether you want to party with people from all over the world, play your luck at the casinos, or have a beach-side bonfire-barbeque night, Goa has it all. Here are some popular clubs to enjoy the crazy nightlife of Goa. 

  • Tito’s  Bar and Club
  • Club Cubana
  • Club LPK
  • SinQ Night Club
  • Cafe Mambos

Water Sports

Goa is an exquisite hub for water sports. You can unleash your adventurous side by trying exciting water sports. You can try out water rafting, scuba diving, banana rides, parasailing, or water surfing.

Adventure  Sports

Goa offers some of the best adventure-filled sports. It will drive you crazy. Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Hot Air Baloon, etc are some activities you should consider.

E-bike Tours

Electric bike tours or E-bike tours are other exciting things that you can experience in Goa. Imagine roaming the streets of Goa with your loved ones. You can explore nearby places all by yourself too.

Mhadei Cruises

You can experience Goa in its most authentic form when you go ahead with Mhadei Cruise at night. it will provide you with delicious food, and entertaining music. It is a matchless experience to visit this luxury cruise.

Spa & Yoga Retreat

Once you are in Goa, you can go ahead with exotic spas to rejuvenate yourself. Alternatively, you can go on a yoga retreat. it is one of the most relaxing activities that you can do in Goa. If you have been troubled by body aches in the past, it is the best way to rejuvenate yourself. 

Visit Historical Places

  • Aguada Fort
  • Reis Moga Fort
  • Tiracol Fort
  • Chapora Fort
  • Cabo De Rama Fort  
  • Nauza Fort
  • Terekhol Fort  



Hidden Beaches of Goa

Agonda Beaches

Agonda beach is located in Canacona city of South Goa. It is famous for its tranquil environment and alluring view. This place is one of the four beaches designated by the government as a turtle nesting site.

Agonda beach is also popular for water sports, nightlife, and shopping. Nightlife is quite exciting here and has some of the best Silent clubs. Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars add more colors to the nightlife.

Betalbatim Beach

Betabatim beach enjoys an incredible view of sunset and sunrise.  It is also known as Sunset Beach of Goa. With pine trees along the shoreline, it is a picturesque beach. One of the specialties of this beach is that it is also known as ‘lovers beach’. Love birds flock along the shoreline and enjoy the open skies of Goa. 

Betul Beach

It is situated near the sal river in South Goa. This gorgeous beach is ideal for fishing and strolling. If you want to have a quiet and peaceful time, you can go and chill at this location.

Butterfly Beach

Located in North Goa, Butterfly beach is a boat ride from Palolem beach.  You can experience a mystical sunset view at Butterfly beach. This unexploited beach houses colorful butterflies. It has a breathtaking panoramic view of the blue waters. This beach is also famous for Dolphine sightseeing.

Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga beach is one of the best beaches in Goa with a silver sand shore and clear water. It houses coconut trees and pine trees that will amuse the photographer in you. Galgibaga beach is a serene nesting place for olive ridley turtles. This shore is home to peace-adoring fisherfolks.

Hollant Beach

Located in the foothills of the Western ghats, South Goa is best known for its splendid sunrise view. Hollant beach is also known as the land of serenity. It is a gorgeous landscape and an incredible beach for swimming. One can enjoy surfing near this beach.

Kalacha Beach

Kalacha Beach is well known for its sweet water lagoons. Located south of Querim beach, in South Goa, is Kalacha beach. It features green slopes that stretch all the way to the end of the shoreline.

Here, you may spot a lot of exotic birds. Nights may turn out to be a magical experience. Open-air and grooving music sessions will make it the time of your li.

Kokalem Beach

Kokalem beach is in South Goa. It is also known as Tiger beach. This least crowded and truly natural beach is where you can enjoy a solitary time.

Siridao Beach

Siridao Beach lies at the mouth of the Zuari river. This beach is known as ‘shell collectors beach’. It is a hub of unique shells, a wide range of oysters, and pearl shells.

Velsao Beach

Velsao beach is a calm beach with a picturesque landscape. Tourists can enjoy the mumbling of birds as it is great for birdwatching.

Vainguinim Beach

Vainguinim Beach is known for its silver sand seashore. It has greenish-blue water, exciting marine life, and an array of trees with birds. Vainguinim Beach offers a phenomenal experience to voyagers.

Best time to visit Goa

The best time to visit Goa is from Mid-November to Mid-February. These are the best month to visit Goa as the weather is pleasant, cool, and comfortable. This is the perfect time to relax on the beaches.

You will have a great time if you visit Goa in the month of December. Usually, it is brimming with tourists and amazing parties during this time. Christmas and New Year’s is the time when Goa is packed.

During monsoon, you will be able to enjoy Goa in the most tranquil way. This is the time when people avoid visiting Goa. During monsoons, you won’t be able to enjoy water sports. But you can stay at the finest villas in Goa offered by Ukiyo Stays. We recommend you visit Goa during this time. You will witness lush greenery in Monsoon.

Summertime is also the best time to visit Goa. If you are planning to book a villa in Goa, you should definitely plan a trip to Goa in Summer. So, there is no such thing as a bad time to visit Goa.

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